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Service Centers and Scout Shops to Remain Closed Indefinitely

Dear New Birth of Freedom Council Scouting Family, As you likely already know, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has directed all “non-life-sustaining” businesses to close to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  In accordance with that directive, the Mechanicsburg and York Service Centers and Scout Shops will remain closed indefinitely until Gov. Wolf rescinds...

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Council Camp Closures Extended Through April

  The safety of all of our campers, leaders, camp staff, and camp visitors is always our top priority. With this in mind, the Council’s Executive Committee has extended the closure of all council camps through the end of April due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Full refunds will be issued after the Council Service...

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Service Centers & Scout Shops Closing Until At Least March 31

Dear Scouting Families, On Monday, March 16, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf directed that all non-essential businesses close for at least the next two weeks to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus through personal contact and on surfaces. To do our part in this effort, we are closing both the Mechanicsburg and York Services, including...

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Actions We’re Taking Regarding the Coronavirus

Dear New Birth of Freedom Council Scouting Family, As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees are our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, that will affect local Scouting programs in the New Birth of Freedom Council. Please...

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An Important Update Regarding the BSA’s Filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Dear New Birth of Freedom Scouting Family, Today, the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come. I want to highlight important...

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Silver Beaver Nominations Due By March 2, 2020

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. This award is presented to adults who have significantly contributed to the Scouting program over a longer period of time in a manner showing an exceptional personal commitment to youth and Scouting.  The award...

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Local Webelos Scout Hopes to Name 2020 Mars Rover

Eamon Reilly, a 10-year-old Webelos Scout in Pack 67 (chartered to the Dover Lions Club), is one of nine potential semifinalists in NASA’s “Name the Rover” contest.  More than 28,000 students around the country sent in essays hoping to name the 2020 Mars Rover. Eamon hopes to make space history with his idea of naming...

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Our Council’s Approach to PA Background Clearances

To the New Birth of Freedom Council Scouting Family, Our Council heard from parents within one of our troops who expressed concerns about the Council’s management of state-mandated adult background clearances, and we took this concern seriously and actively worked to resolve the problem. As a recent news article from The York Dispatch has brought...

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BSA Names Roger C. Mosby as New CEO and President

The National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has named Roger C. Mosby as the organization’s CEO and President after a focused search, which was initiated when former CEO and President Michael B. Surbaugh retired after a tenure of more than four years. “As the BSA moves through an extraordinary time of...

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Welcome Michael Adelberg as Heritage Trails District Executive

We’re excited to introduce Michael Adelberg as District Executive for the Heritage Trails District.  Michael is a retired career Army officer who was most recently stationed at the United States Army War College in Carlisle from 2014 until his retirement earlier this year. Michael brings his 25 years of leadership and problem-solving experience to his...

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